BET definitely raised the bar with their 2015 BET Awards. The celebs came out, the performances were iconic and the show was also inclusive of current events and pop culture.Â Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson, the black-ish couple definitely kept the audience laughing!
Check out 5 of the most memorable and tweetable moments from the 2015 BET Awards.
The rapper opened up the show with his latest single, â€œAlriteâ€ from his album To Pimp A Butterfly. In the powerful performance, he address police brutality as he stood atop a vandalized police car. The performance may have also been a nod to the importanceÂ of removing the Confederate Flag in South Carolina as a large American flag flew behind him. Lamar later won â€œBest Male Hip Hop Artistâ€ and was congratulated by his fiancee, Whitney Alford.
2. P. Diddy
The music mogul and founder of REVOLT took us back to the 90s when he was a rapper in a shiny suit named Puff Daddy. In celebration of Bad Boy Recordsâ€™ 20th year anniversary, Puff brought out 112, Mase, Faith Evans, the Lox and of course Lil Kim who made a grand entrance worthy of the queen bee! Puff later fell into the hole that was used to elevate Kim on stage. Weâ€™re sure he went home and iced his back but one fall didnâ€™t stop the show! Eventually, Puff got up and kept dancing! Bring back the 90s!
— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) June 29, 2015
I was getting so loose I fell! LOL, but really though I busted my ass! #finnaGetLoose #AppleMusic … Puff Daddy & The Family feat @pharrell … IF YOU EVER FALL DOWN, get your ass up and FIGHT!!!!!!! But really though, I crack up every time I see this shit! It's like I fucking disappeared. HAAAAAA!!!! I was scared as fuck but I had to get up! #BADBOY ??????????????????? #BadBoyFAMILY #WORLDTOUR #ComingtoaCityNearYou #WeLikeHavingFun
Sheâ€™s BAACCCCKKK! Everything else in the evening seemed like a filler performance as fans patiently awaited the return of Janet Jackson. Ciara, Tinashe and Jason Derulo gave their all in the short tribute that could have used at least 2 to 3 more performances in homage to the living legend! What would have been epic is a surprise performance by Jennifer Lopez who was a background dancer in Jacksonâ€™s 1993 video, â€œThatâ€™s The Way Love Goesâ€
Despite the qualms with the tribute and Jackson herself not performing, we were happy to see her looking effortlessly beautiful when she took the stage to accept herÂ Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award.
— Mashable (@mashable) June 29, 2015
Diddy was visibly shaken and stirred following his fall. He repeatedly flubbed while reading the teleprompter before presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Smokey Robinson. The artistâ€™s tribute included performances by Robin Thicke (where has he been?) Ne-Yo and upcoming artist, Tori Kelly.
— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) June 29, 2015
With a career spanning over fifty years, Robinsonâ€™s acceptance speech filled with advice for new artists nearly moved the audience to tears. Â â€œâ€¦There are so many people in this world who wish they had one person who they felt love them. And for you to become hearty and self-absorbed because millions of people around the world, most ofÂ them youâ€™ll never know or never meet, love you, itâ€™s so ridiculous. You should be thankful. Itâ€™s a blessing.â€
So @terrencehoward will have the Smokey Robinson biopic locked up by evening's end.
— Lola Ogunnaike (@lolaogunnaike) June 29, 2015
The evening included several odes to Empire, one of the most popular TV shows in recent history.Â Bryshere GrayÂ aka Hakeem Lyon performed his hitÂ song, â€œDrip Dropâ€ while Jussie Smollett aka Jamal Lyon celebrated the win for marriage equality in his performance. But it wouldnâ€™t be an evening without Lucious Lyon taking the stage and last night, there were two Lyonâ€™s and only one Cookie!
Anthony Anderson dawned a pompadour and smokers jacket while Tracee Ellis Ross did her best impression of Taraji P. Henson in a floor length fur coat. Anderson claimed to be the real Lucious Lyon because he had â€œgoodâ€ straight hair!Â Terrence Howard made a surprise appearance during their spoof and said he had to stop perming his hair because it caused bald spots! Hilarious! Howard later won the BET award for Best Male Actor.
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) June 29, 2015
The more they show the Terrence Howard the more I forgot he isn't really Lucious Lyon.
— Nigel Int'l D. (@Nigel_D) June 29, 2015
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